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FBI arrests Massachusetts man in a leaked documents probe

Written by on April 14, 2023

Jack Teixeira, the 21-year-old Airman First Class in the Massachusetts Air National Guard who was arrested on Thursday in connection with the intelligence breach, was trained as what the military calls a “Cyber Transport Systems Journeyman.”

The service’s career website says cybertransport systems specialists are responsible for keeping the force’s communication networks running. Airman Teixeira is assigned to the 102nd Intelligence Wing, headquartered on Otis Air National Guard Base on Joint Base Cape Cod in Eastern Massachusetts.

The job mandates that applicants complete what the military calls a single-scope background investigation, which is required before being granted a top-secret security clearance.

 

 

It is not clear what security clearances Airman Teixeira might have had, or how he might have gotten access to the materials that were posted online. Those questions are sure to be at the heart of the continuing investigation and any political fallout from the security breach.

But they have many questions to answer: how did a 21-year-old Air National Guardsman have access to these documents?

 


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